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Andrea Suarez dismantles a tent as garbage lies piled at a homeless encampment on March 13, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. More than 16,000 people were reported to be experiencing homelessness on a given day in King County in the 2024 Point-in-Time Count. That is the largest number ever reported in Seattle and King County using the biennial snapshot, which is required by the federal government.

King County reports largest number of homeless people ever

Andrea Suarez dismantles a tent as garbage lies piled at a homeless encampment on March 13, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. More than 16,000 people were reported to be experiencing homelessness on a given day in King County in the 2024 Point-in-Time Count. That is the largest number ever reported in Seattle and King County using the biennial snapshot, which is required by the federal government.

May 16, 2024, 5:52pm Northwest

More than 16,000 people were reported to be experiencing homelessness on a given day in King County in the 2024 Point-in-Time Count. Read story

A boy looks at a memorial for Tylee Ryan and Joshua &ldquo;JJ&rdquo; Vallow in Rexburg, Idaho, on June 11, 2020. A judge is considering what effect a paperwork snafu should have on one of the three murder charges against Chad Daybell, an Idaho man accused of killing his wife and his new girlfriend's two children.

Murder charge against Chad Daybell will stand despite wrong date of child’s death, judge says

A boy looks at a memorial for Tylee Ryan and Joshua &ldquo;JJ&rdquo; Vallow in Rexburg, Idaho, on June 11, 2020. A judge is considering what effect a paperwork snafu should have on one of the three murder charges against Chad Daybell, an Idaho man accused of killing his wife and his new girlfriend's two children.

May 16, 2024, 4:33pm Latest News

A typo in the triple murder indictment of an Idaho man accused of killing his wife and his girlfriend’s two children doesn’t mean that he should be acquitted of one of the deaths, a judge said Thursday. Read story

Oregon man convicted of sexually abusing 2 children he met online gets more than 12 years in prison

May 16, 2024, 4:27pm Northwest

An Oregon man who met two children on Snapchat, sexually abused them while traveling through three states and finally abandoned them at a park has been sentenced to more than a decade behind bars, prosecutors said Thursday. Read story

NW Natural has added an item labeled &ldquo;WA Climate Act Fee&rdquo; to bills for customers in Clark County. The fee is calculated per therm of natural gas consumption.

Builders launch initiative to block Washington’s natural gas phase-out

NW Natural has added an item labeled &ldquo;WA Climate Act Fee&rdquo; to bills for customers in Clark County. The fee is calculated per therm of natural gas consumption.

May 16, 2024, 9:38am Business

Backers of an initiative to halt the state’s push to end natural gas use in homes and other buildings began gathering signatures Wednesday after a Thurston County judge settled a dispute on how the measure would be described on ballots. Read story

After more than four years of planning and construction, the UW Medicine Center for Behavioral Health and Learning — a teaching hospital that will primarily serve people in need of inpatient psychiatric care — officially opened Wednesday.

New 150-bed UW psychiatric hospital opens to serve hard-to-treat patients

After more than four years of planning and construction, the UW Medicine Center for Behavioral Health and Learning — a teaching hospital that will primarily serve people in need of inpatient psychiatric care — officially opened Wednesday.

May 16, 2024, 7:43am Health

About two dozen health care workers crowded around tables on a recent Thursday to troubleshoot the many ways things could go south in their new workplace. Read story

Several UW buildings vandalized in what campus official calls ‘major escalation’

May 16, 2024, 7:40am Northwest

Several University of Washington buildings were tagged with pro-Palestinian messages overnight into Wednesday, which an administrator referred to as a “major escalation” in an internal email obtained by The Daily newspaper. Nearly all major buildings were spray painted, some with “antisemitic slogans,” the email said. Read story

An Olympic marmot.

Environmentalists seek protections for marmots on Olympic Peninsula

An Olympic marmot.

May 16, 2024, 6:02am Latest News

Olympic marmots can spend up to eight months a year hibernating, emerging when the weather warms to forage for food, fatten up, and otherwise go about their business. Read story

The spillway at Lower Monumental Dam in Washington on the Snake River.

9 new bills filed to reverse Biden administration’s Snake River dams agreement

The spillway at Lower Monumental Dam in Washington on the Snake River.

May 15, 2024, 7:11pm Latest News

Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, has filed a package of nine bills to reverse parts of a new agreement that he sees as the de facto breaching of the lower Snake River dams and to remind the White House who has authority over the dams. Read story

University of Washington president calls for cease-fire, criticizes protest encampment

May 15, 2024, 7:08pm Northwest

University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce called for a cease-fire in the war in Gaza in a public statement Wednesday while also criticizing the encampment protest at the school, saying the language used by some has been “vile and antisemitic.” Read story

FILE - This booking photo provided by the Idaho Department of Corrections shows Skylar Meade. Meade, an Idaho inmate who escaped custody after an ambush at a hospital in March, pleaded guilty Wednesday, May 15, 2024, to escaping from prison and to being a persistent violator, but two additional felony enhancements related to injuries others received during the violent escape are still pending in court.

Idaho inmate pleads guilty to escaping hospital after correctional officers are attacked

FILE - This booking photo provided by the Idaho Department of Corrections shows Skylar Meade. Meade, an Idaho inmate who escaped custody after an ambush at a hospital in March, pleaded guilty Wednesday, May 15, 2024, to escaping from prison and to being a persistent violator, but two additional felony enhancements related to injuries others received during the violent escape are still pending in court.

May 15, 2024, 6:27pm Northwest

An Idaho inmate who slipped custody from a hospital in March after a violent attack on corrections officers has pleaded guilty to escape, while still facing the possibility of two felony enhancements that could add to his sentence. Read story